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Are you looking to start this particular series and want to get ample knowledge about it first? Or you’ve seen it and just want to be enlightened more about the series, then this piece is just for you.
Do keep in mind that this piece might contain spoilers. So, let’s get right into it! with the Beginners Guide to Demon Slayer!
Kimetsu no Yaiba, popularly known as Demon Slayer is a New Generation Shonen anime that aired in Spring '19. Directed by Haruo Sotozaki, produced by Ufotable studio (best known for their high-budget animation). An adaptation of the manga with the same name. Written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge.
In a short time, this anime has grown and won the heart of lots of fans and won the award for anime of the year in the year 2019. Also received praises for the animation and fight sequences. That’s to show the series is the real deal!
Later on, after the completion of season one. A sequel film, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, was released in October 2020 and became the highest-grossing anime film and Japanese film of all time. Breaking the internet. A big kudos to everyone working on this show!
Demon slayers, as the name suggests, are a group of samurai who hunt and kill demons. The tale revolves around a kind-hearted teen Tanjiro Kamado, who sets out to become a demon slayer after his family was slaughtered and his younger sister Nezuko was turned into a demon. Traveling around in search of a cure to revert his sister into a human.
The events of Kimetsu no Yaiba are supposed to have occurred around 100 years ago, during Japan’s Taisho era (1912–1926). The Demon Slayer scenario is more of an old/current Japanese cultural setting, the sort where they sit on the floor and use futon beddings, as well as major-city Tokyo, where they have been significantly impacted by western technology and science, such as trains and electricity.
Creating a one-of-a-kind blend/mix that didn’t contradict the narrative and even added humorous relief. As shown in the scene where Tanjiro and his traveling buddies, Zenitsu and Inosuke, arrived in the big city and were unable to fit in. Roaming through Tokyo’s streets with their swords, completely enthralled by the surroundings.
In a world where demons still roamed the earth, devouring people. Demons, it appears, are former humans who traded their humanity for power. Possessing supernatural abilities such as super strength, magic, and regeneration in exchange for feeding on humans and their humanity as a whole, as well as the inability to stay under sunlight. It’s a little like the vampire story.
For generations, a secret society known as the Demon Slayer Corps has waged a secret war against demons to exorcise them.
Along with the powers the demons gain upon turning, they are also somewhat immortal as they can’t be killed by just any weapon but only with weapons crafted from an alloy known as Sun Steel, injected with poison extracted from wisteria flowers, or exposed to sunlight. Also, you need to be aiming for the head to truly kill a demon.
As previously stated, demons possess supernatural abilities, whereas demon slayers are completely human; nevertheless, they utilize special breathing techniques known as “Breathing Styles,” which provide them superhuman strength and resilience alongside other prowess.
Sabito - Demon Slayer
"All you did was memorize a fact. Your body has no clue what it needs to do."
Tanjiro is the series’ main protagonist, a kind teen voiced by Natsuki Hanae (Japanese) and Zach Aguilar (English). Tanjiro has a highly sharp nose that allows him to differentiate between a demon and a human, as well as a very hard head! His entire family was slain by a demon (Muzan), leaving just his sister, Nezuko, who was transformed into a demon.
As he set out on a quest to save and revert his sister to human. He studied to become a Demon Slayer, mastering the Water Breathing Style under the instruction of Sakonji Urokodaki, a former Water Hashira, Getting entangled in the demon slayer corps’ issues.
Nezuko, tanjiro younger sisters has been mentioned earlier in her brother's bio, so you already know about her. Voiced by Akari Kito (Japanese) and Abby Trott (English).
Nezuko was turned into a demon by Muzan. Her situation, however, was significantly different as she doesn’t act like a typical demon. Even though she has lost her humanity, she still has memories and feelings strong enough to prevent herself from killing Tanjiro, and she has been conditioned to protect humans and attack other demons. Nezuko, like other demons, has special abilities and is vulnerable to sunlight.
Voiced by Hiro Shimono (Japanese) and Aleks Le (English).
Zenitsu, One of Tanjiro's travel buddies. Coward by nature, frightened by literally everything. He hasn't reached his full potential as he only shows off his best combat skills when he's unconscious or in grave danger. I believe he will develop into a strong character once he discovers his full potential. He has exceptional hearing and fights with the Thunder Breathing technique.
Voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese) and Bryce Papenbrook (English).
Inosuke, the lousiest amongst Tanjiro and Zenitsu. was raised by wild animals and always wears his signature boar’s head. Always eager to jump into fights and hyped to challenge anybody he met, considering himself to be the strongest guy in the room. He fights with a self-taught Beast Breathing technique. Under the signature boar's head is a female-looking face that doesn’t suit the voice or charisma.
As previously stated, the Demon Slayer Corps is a covert organization that has been fighting demons for centuries to exorcise them all. They are elite demon slayers tasked with protecting humans and ridding the world of demons.
In order to become a member of this organization, an individual must pass the Final Selection, a test used as an entrance exam to join the Demon Slayer Corps. Examinees must survive for seven days on a mountain top plagued with Demons without assistance from the outside world. Having survived this test, its shows you’re more than qualified to become a member.
Many lives have been sacrificed as a result of the test to demonstrate that it’s the real deal. Passing the test indicates that you are deserving of a place in the organization.
Voiced by Toshihiko Seki (Japanese) and Greg Chun (English)..
The series' major antagonist. He was reportedly the first human to be turned into a demon, and he has since worked toward his goal of becoming a perfect being by becoming immune to sunlight and having a family. Other inferior demons regard him as a god, as he bestows additional power on them with his blood and uses them to his advantage.
Muzan is a great antagonist, but he hasn't gotten much screen time in recent episodes, which I assume is because the show is still in its early stages. He believes that the Demon Slayer Corps is simply resisting the natural order of his supremacy as a demon.
The success of the series’ first season led to the release of a movie sequel, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. A movie that has wreaked mayhem in Japanese theaters and around the world.
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train picks up where the original anime left off. Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke board a train to join Flame Hashira Kyjur Rengoku on a mission to stop a demon from haunting the train. Ufotable Studio never ceases to amaze us with its incredible animation. This sequel is a must-watch after binge-watching the series.
According to Gameradar.com, Funimation states, a "7-episode miniseries complete with new visuals and background music" will recap the wildly successful Demon Slayer movie on October 10, 2021 before season 2 actually starts.
Those wanting to explore new ground will have to wait until December 5, 2021 where a one-hour premiere of the 'true' beginning of Demon Slayer season 2 will be shown.
Beginners Guide to Demon Slayer
With only one season under its belt, Demon Slayer is still in its early stage. It has a lot of potentials and given its current reputation, I can imagine it becoming one of the best anime of all time; amazing animations from Ufotable Studios, Soothing Ost and openings, Amazing Plot, and a fanatic fanbase.
If you enjoy Good animation, OPs, and EDs, you should watch this series. LiSa and Ufotable studios did an incredible job on this! A big thank you to her and everyone else who contributed to the show.
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